Tatnell Takes Grand Annual Opener

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WARRNAMBOOL, Australia – Brooke Tatnell tamed the high banks of  Premier Speedway at Sungold Stadium on Friday to claim night one of the 43rd Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic.

The three time Classic champion started third behind polesitter Ian Madsen and Tasmanian young gun Callum Zizek, who gave car owner Darren Goodyer a two pronged front row assault.

It wasn’t long though before Tatnell asserted his authority as the moves further back in the pack began to play out.

Ian Loudoun, having started from position seven, Darren Mollenoyux from eighth and Jamie Veal from 17th were slicing their way forward as Tatnell went about taking care of business at the front of the pack.

There would be no stopping Tatnell aboard the Krikke Motorsport Cool Chassis, as he powered to a fourth Oval Express Magazine Australia America Challenge Cup win.

As the checkered flag waved it would be Tatnell taking out night one from the current Knoxville Raceway 410 sprint car track champion Madsen with Loudoun in third, doing popular Geelong based car owner David Dickson proud with a podium finish.

The top five was completed by Darren Mollenoyux while Veal again impressed at his home track with a fifth-place finish, salvaging something from a night that required a transfer from the B-Main.

Sixth would go to Daniel Pestka, who was followed home by Robbie Farr, American Lucas Wolfe and Trevor Green with Tim Rankin rounding out the top 10.

Livewire American Christopher Bell fought his way to an 11th place finish ahead of Callum Zizek, Terry McCarl, Brad Sweet, Jackson Delamont, Bradley Keller, Danny Holtgraver, Chad Ely and B-Main transferees John Vogels and Jamie Hennessy.

Earlier in the night Robbie Farr set quick time in qualifying to earn himself an extra $1,000 and a shot at taking out the prestigious Alan Pollard Memorial.

Heat wins then went the way of Farr, Terry McCarl, Tatnell, Daniel Pestka, Ian Madsen, Matthew Dumesny, Danny Holtgraver, Darren Mollenoyux, Brendan Balcombe and Trevor Green.

The night was marred by an injury to Tim Kaeding who was transferred to hospital as a precaution following a heat race incident.